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1Cause an event to be postponed or cancelled because of rain:‘their match against Australia was washed out’
- ‘Farnworth were robbed of their big chance to gain ground on Egerton when their head-to-head was washed out on Saturday.’
- ‘The farm was flooded, the farmers markets were washed out week after week, and Greg and Andy's cash flow went down the drain.’
- ‘Newburgh in Fife, for instance, saw their games cancelled not once, but twice, after the original event was washed out - and the day on which the event was rescheduled proved wet too.’
- ‘England's only realistic hope of avoiding defeat lay with the weather and their prayers were answered as Sunday's first two sessions were washed out by rain.’
- ‘Forget the problems at the league stage, if the final and all reserve days were washed out due to rain, the trophy would be shared.’
- ‘An hour or two later torrential rain began to fall and the show was washed out.’
- ‘The event was washed out by flash floods in the pre-dawn hours on the day of the race.’
- ‘Play started just an hour late after the previous two days had been washed out by heavy rain and a waterlogged outfield.’
- ‘The two semi final matches were washed out by rain and according to the rules the finalists were decided on the net run rate.’
- ‘On June 30, 1934, Lou Gehrig of the Yankees would have tied a major league record with three triples in a game but the incomplete game was washed out by rain.’
2(of a flood or downpour) make a breach in a road:‘the water washed out three highways’
- ‘Most roads and bridges servicing plantations were washed out.’
- ‘All the roads were washed out so our helicopters are the only way in.’
- ‘It had been there hundreds of years but until Hawnby Bridge was washed out by the weekend's flash floods nobody appreciated it.’
- ‘Even after Addie has been dead over a week, and all of the bridges to Jefferson are washed out, he is still determined to get to Jefferson.’
- ‘A woman in labour was air-lifted from Ruatahuna to Rotorua Hospital, while about 30 people are cut off from civilisation in Ruatoki after access roads were washed out.’
- ‘Trailers are toppled, roads are washed out and equipment is bent and broken.’
- ‘She said the entire island, which is about 14 miles wide, by the way, is covered in about four feet of water, that the ferries aren't running and all their roads are washed out.’
- ‘A mile or so of the road had been washed out by a flood in 1995, and the agency had decided to keep it closed, saying that construction would hasten erosion and threaten the river's dwindling population of bull trout.’
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